Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Rans S-12, N1094K: Fatal accident occurred July 01, 2019 in Orleans, Orange County, Indiana

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

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

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:  https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

https://registry.faa.gov/N1094K

Location: Orleans, IN
Accident Number: CEN19FA195
Date & Time: 07/01/2019, 2045 EDT
Registration: N1094K
Aircraft: RANS S12
Injuries: 1 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On July 1, 2019, about 2045 eastern daylight time, an experimental amateur built Rans S12 airplane, N1094K, impacted a runway on a private airstrip near Orleans, Indiana. The pilot, who was the sole occupant, was fatally injured. The airplane sustained substantial damage during the impact and subsequent ground fire. The airplane was owned and operated by the pilot as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed in the area about the time of the accident, and the flight was not operated on a flight plan. The local flight originated from the Paoli Municipal Airport, near Paoli, Indiana, at an unknown time.

According to initial information given to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the pilot had performed 2 or 3 landings before the accident flight. Popsicles were brought out to the pilot between flights. A camera was located near the airstrip. Review of a video showed it captured a segment of the accident flight. The airplane can be seen spiraling downward, impacting the runway, and a subsequent ground fire occurs.

According to initial information, the pilot had received flight training and had received a flight instructor's endorsement in the pilot's logbook on September 26, 2018, indicating a "solo check" in the pilot's airplane.

According to FAA airworthiness records, N1094K was a plans-built, two-seat, single-engine airplane, that was manufactured in 2012. It was powered by a Rotax 582UL engine.

At 2015, the recorded weather at the French Lick Municipal Airport, near French Lick, Indiana, was: Wind calm; visibility 10 statute miles; sky conditions clear; temperature 28° C; dew point 20° C; altimeter 30.00 inches of mercury.

The Orange County Coroner's Office was asked to conduct an autopsy on the pilot and to take toxicological samples. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: RANS
Registration: N1094K
Model/Series: S12
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: FRH, 792 ft msl
Observation Time: 2015 EDT
Distance from Accident Site:
Temperature/Dew Point: 28°C / 20°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Calm / ,
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Paoli, IN (I42)
Destination: Paoli, IN (I42)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: On-Ground
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude: 38.628056, -86.475833

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

Adam Michael Hill

Adam Michael Hill, 42, of Orleans, passed away on July 1, 2019 in Orleans, Indiana.  He was born August 1, 1976 in Bedford, Indiana, the son of Michael Ray Hill and Rebecca Woody (Tritle).  He married Brooke Hill (Denton) and she survives. He was a farmer for many years. He was a member of the Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church in Orleans. He was a certified scuba diver. Adam enjoyed fishing, hunting, boating, flying and spending time with his family.  He is survived by his wife of Orleans, three children, Brianna Nicole, Addison Marie and Linden Michael Hill all of Orleans; mother, Rebecca Woody (Joseph) of Bedford; one sister, Brooke Michelle Hill of Bedford; mother-in-law, Robin Deanne Denton of Paoli; two sister-in-laws, Kayla Jones and Megan Baker and several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Michael Ray Hill; father-in-law, Steven John Denton; maternal grandparents, Kenneth and Betty Tritle and paternal grandparents, Arthur and Neva Hill.  The funeral will be at 2:00 PM on Sunday, July 7, 2019 at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church in Orleans with Pastor Jim Tritle officiating. Burial will follow in the Old Union Cemetery, Orleans. Friends are invited to visitation at the funeral home on Saturday from 4:00 until 8:00 PM. Memorial contributions may be made to the Hill’s children educational fund. 




(ORLEANS) – Just before 9 p.m. Monday, Orange County 911 Dispatch received a call reporting that an ultralight had crashed in an open field in the northern part of Orange County. 

Officials today released the name of the man who died in the crash as 42-year-old Adam Hill, of Orleans.

Initially, Orange County Sheriffs Deputies responded to the scene and located the ultralight along with one occupant still trapped inside. 

(ORLEANS) – Just before 9 p.m. Monday, Orange County 911 Dispatch received a call reporting that an ultralight had crashed in an open field in the northern part of Orange County. 

Officials today released the name of the man who died in the crash as 42-year-old Adam Hill, of Orleans.

Initially, Orange County Sheriffs Deputies responded to the scene and located the ultralight along with one occupant still trapped inside. 

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