Wednesday, July 03, 2019

Piper JC3-65 Cub, N98527: Fatal accident occurred June 30, 2019 near Elyria Airport (1G1), Lorain County, Ohio -and- Incident occurred April 13, 2016 at Willard Airport (8G1), Huron County, Ohio

The National Transportation Safety Board traveled to the scene of this accident. 

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office;  Cleveland, Ohio

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Elyria, OH
Accident Number: CEN19FA191
Date & Time:06/30/2019, 1445 EDT 
Registration: N98527
Aircraft: Piper J3C
Injuries: 1 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On June 30, 2019 at 1445 EDT, a Piper J-3C-65 airplane, N98527, impacted terrain shortly after departing Elyria Municipal Airport (1G1), Elyria, Ohio. The sport pilot was fatally injured. The airplane was substantially damaged. The airplane was owned and operated by a private individual and the flight was conducted as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident, and no flight plan was filed.

Two witnesses observed the airplane on departure from runway 27 at 1G1. The airplane reached an altitude of 75'-100' and made a left turn. The airplane appeared to roll left and right before the turn. The airplane lost altitude as it turned south and then made a right turn and descended vertically into the ground. One witness stated the engine initially sounded normal, but the engine revolutions per minute (RPM) "seemed to drop off" before the airplane started the left turn. Examination of the airplane wreckage revealed one of the two wooden propeller blades was undamaged and the second blade was broken aft. The wreckage and engine were retained for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N98527
Model/Series: J3C 65
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Begany Joseph E
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: 1g1
Observation Time: 1353 EDT
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 27°C / 23°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 13 knots / , 360°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.05 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point:

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude: 41.329722, -82.107778 (est)

Those who may have information that might be relevant to the National Transportation Safety Board investigation may contact them by email, and any friends and family who want to contact investigators about the accident should email 

Joseph E. Begany
SEPTEMBER 18, 1955 – JUNE 30, 2019

Joseph E. Begany, age 63, died in Carlisle Township, Ohio around 2:30 pm on June 30th, 2019 in an accident while flying his Piper JC3-65 Cub. He is survived by his partner Janet Hoffmaster, his three adult children Ryan Begany, Matthew Begany, and Katelyn Arnemann, his granddaughter Samantha, and his siblings Andrea, Dorothy, Kaylyn, Mike, and Joanna, and a huge list of additional family and friends.

He was born on September 18th, 1955 near Fort Worth, Texas to Andrew and Barbara (Shrode) Begany, and was the oldest of six children. His father served in the U.S. Air Force, which took the family across the country until Joe graduated from Fairview High School. In his childhood, his adventurous and curious spirit was apparent to his siblings. For example, they remember he’d zip ahead of them while ice skating on the frozen creek, leaping full-speed over downed logs and rocks. An exceptional athlete, Joe competed in the state track and field championships for long jump.

He attended Kent State, where he received his Bachelor’s from the School of Architecture and Environmental Design. While at Kent, his creative talent and mechanical aptitude became obvious, culminating in the design and construction of his first wooden-geared clock. He went on to demonstrate his masterpieces on the Morning Show and displayed them in galleries. While attending school, he met his former wife, Peggy (Humel) Herman.

Joe returned to Fairview Park, Ohio to raise his three children and begin his career as an architect at NASA Glenn Research Center, where he worked for close to 30 years. His children fondly remember him as a devoted and loving father. He was involved in their school projects, clubs, and sporting events. He never missed a game and was an enthusiastic and vocal fan.

Joe was a hobbyist and sports enthusiast. He had a lifelong interest in sailing and airplanes, participating in sailboat races, RC helicopter competitions, golf and foosball tournaments, and fly-ins in his single-engine Piper Cub airplane. He was planning to build his own airplane and dreamed of one day flying it around the world.

Janet, his partner of 13 years, met him at a bachelor auction. While she didn’t win the auction, she feels she won the prize. They traveled extensively, and in a few years were hoping to retire in North Carolina.

Joe’s larger-than-life personality, laughter, and enthusiasm will live on in our memories. He was a good, honest man and lived his life whole-heartedly. For those who knew and loved him, his silence is deafening.

Andrew R. Begany -, Father
Barbara L. Schrode Begany -, Mother
Janet Hoffmaster -, Partner
Ryan Begany -, Son
Matthew Begany -, Son
Katelyn Arnemann -, Daughter
Samantha -, Granddaughter
Andrea, Dorothy, Kaylyn, Mike and Joanna -, Siblings

CARLISLE TWP. — A National Transportation Safety Board investigator has arrived at the scene of a plane crash Sunday that left Elyria pilot Joseph Begany, 63, dead.

NTSB spokesman Keith Holloway confirmed an investigator arrived Monday afternoon to examine the crash site. The cause of the crash, he said, will not be released anytime soon.

“We don’t determine cause while on scene,” Holloway said. “At this point it’s really just gathering factual information.”

Holloway said the investigator will examine the scene, as well as request information about the pilot and the plane.

“We’ll be requesting medical records, maintenance records of the aircraft and looking at the pilot’s flying history and certifications,” Holloway said. “That’s all part of the early stages of the investigation.”

Holloway said a preliminary report on the crash will be released in about 10 days. The report will have more information but won’t determine the cause of the crash. He said the cause may not be determined for 12 to 18 months.

Begany flew out of Mole Airport, a private airport on Grafton-Eastern Road in Grafton Township where he rented a hangar. Mark Reed, who owns part of the airport and rented to Begany, said he doesn’t know how long Begany had been flying, but that he has rented the hangar for 18 months.

Reed described Begany as a personable man who loved to fly. He said Begany was easy going but serious about flying.

“He was serious when he needed to be serious,” Reed said. “That’s the sign of a good pilot.”

Reed said Elyria Airport is the closest place to Mole for pilots to buy fuel, and that it’s common for pilots to fly there. Other pilots at Elyria Airport confirmed he came there to buy fuel in the past.

Begany was an employee of NASA Glenn Research Center for more than 30 years, where he worked as an architect and project manager. An email was sent out to employees Monday announcing his death.

“It is with extreme sadness that I inform you of the passing of a NASA Glenn employee, Mr. Joseph Begany, who died yesterday afternoon in a small plane crash in Lorain County,” the email read. “His untimely passing is a loss for us all and a reminder of just how fragile life can be.”

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ELYRIA, Ohio — The pilot killed in a single-engine crash on Sunday near the Elyria Airport has been identified as a NASA Glenn employee, according to NASA.

Around 2:30 p.m., OSHP responded to reports of a plane crash near the Elyria airport, troopers said.

The Lorain County Coroner was called to the crash for a 63-year-old man who was the pilot of the plane, according to LifeCare Ambulance.

The Piper JC3-65 Cub was severely damaged and the pilot, later identified as Joseph E. Begany of Elyria, died from the injuries he sustained in the crash, troopers said.

Following the news, NASA Glenn released the following statement:

“We’re deeply saddened by the loss of Joseph Begany. Joseph was a valuable member of our team and a friend to many of us. We will miss him terribly. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to his family.”

Photos sent to News 5 by the homeowner of the property on which the plane crashed show the heavy damage.

No other injuries were reported, LifeCare Ambulance said.

Fellow pilots at Elyria Airport said they believe the pilot was based at a nearby airfield, Mole Airport, and came to Elyria Airport to get fuel.

The crash is currently under investigation and Federal Aviation Administration investigators are on the way to the crash site.

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

April 13, 2016: Aircraft went off the runway into a ditch.

Date: 13-APR-16
Time:  21:40:00Z
Regis#:  N98527
Aircraft Make:  PIPER
Aircraft Model:  J3C
Event Type:  Incident
Highest Injury:  None
Damage:  Unknown
Flight Phase:  UNKNOWN (UNK)
State:  Ohio

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