Sunday, July 21, 2019

Super Acro Sport, N61SC: Accident occurred July 16, 2019 near Detroit Lakes Airport-Wething Field (KDTL), Becker County, Minnesota

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Fargo, North Dakota

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Detroit Lakes, MN
Accident Number: CEN19LA226
Date & Time: 07/16/2019, 1845 CDT
Registration: N61SC
Aircraft: CASHEN Super Acro Sport
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On July 16, 2019, about 1845 central daylight time, an experimental Super Acro Sport airplane, N61SC, made a forced landing in a cornfield near Detroit Lakes Airport (DTL), Detroit Lakes, Minnesota. The pilot sustained minor injuries and the airplane sustained substantial damage. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident and a flight plan was not filed. The local fight had departed about 1815 and was returning to DTL at the time of the accident.

The responding Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector reported that the airplane came to rest inverted in a mature corn field about 1/4-mile northwest of DTL. About 50 ft of corn had been flattened leading up the accident site. Fuel residue was observed around the airplane's fuel tank and absorbent material had been placed on the ground by first responders to absorb the fuel spillage. Figure 1 shows the airplane where it came to rest in the field.

Figure 1 – Accident airplane inverted in a corn field

The pilot stated to the FAA inspector that he was conducting a local flight to ensure the airplane was operating normally for his upcoming trip. While returning to the airport when the engine suddenly experienced and loss of power and he was unable to maintain altitude. He could not reach the airport so he executed a forced landing to a field. After the airplane flipped inverted, he exited under his own power. The pilot added that he had installed a 260-horsepower Mercury marine type outboard engine. This engine was too heavy for the airplane so he later installed a 200-horespower Mercury marine type outboard engine, which was water-cooled with a fabricated radiator and heat exchange system.

The FAA inspector determined that the engine was a Mercury two-stroke marine engine and was installed inverted on the airplane.

The airplane was retained for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: CASHEN
Registration: N61SC
Model/Series: Super Acro Sport
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built:Yes 
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
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Distance from Accident Site:
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Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Detroit Lakes, MN (DTL)
Destination: Detroit Lakes, MN (DTL)

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:  46.833056, -95.893889 (est)

A 76-year-old man said he was forced to make an emergency landing in a rural Detroit Lakes cornfield after his aircraft lost power Tuesday night.

The Becker County Sheriff's Office said in a news release that authorities received a report that an airplane had gone down in a cornfield north of the Detroit Lakes Becker County Airport at about 6:40 p.m. When deputies arrived, they found the pilot, Theodore Kiebke, had walked away from where the plane crashed.

Kiebke, who was the only person in the plane, told police he attempted to land his single-engine biplane in a cornfield after it lost power just north of the airport. As the plane landed, it flipped upside down, according to the release.

Kiebke was transported to St. Mary's Hospital in Detroit Lakes for injuries described as non-life-threatening.

The sheriff's office and the Federal Aviation Administration are investigating the incident.

Original article can be found here ➤

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