Thursday, September 26, 2019

Cirrus SR22, N1216N: Accident occurred September 25, 2019 near Jim Kelly Field Airport (KLXN), Lexington, Dawson County, Nebraska

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Lincoln

NTSB Identification: GAA19CA570
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, September 25, 2019 in Lexington, NE
Aircraft: Cirrus SR22, registration: N1216N

NTSB investigators will use data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator, and will not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

Aircraft landed, encountered heavy crosswind, lost control and went into a field.

Date: 25-SEP-19

Time: 22:30:00Z
Regis#: N1216N
Aircraft Make: CIRRUS
Aircraft Model: SR22
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91

LEXINGTON — A Cirrus SR22 crashed Wednesday evening after encountering strong cross winds while attempting to land at Jim Kelly Field near Lexington. Two people aboard sustained minor injuries.

According to Lt. Tucker Case of the Dawson County Sheriff’s Office, the aircraft crashed one mile west of Lexington after attempting to land at the airfield. The aircraft skidded through a hay field and narrowly missed a residence.

Strong crosswinds out of the east were determined to be a factor in the crash, which happened at 5:23 p.m.

The Cirrus SR22 is registered to Riley George, 65, of Eustis, according to the Federal Aviation Administration registry. Riley was piloting the aircraft. The passenger was 64-year-old Marcia George. The Cirrus aircraft had taken off from Fort Collins, Colorado, and Lexington was its landing destination.

The aircraft had damage to its nose wheel, propellers, engine and right wing.

Wayne Lichtenwalter, who lives near the airfield, said he didn’t see the crash but heard the sound of the throttle being cut and then an aircraft hitting the ground. He said he thought it was going to crash through his yard.

The property the plane crashed in is owned by KKR Farms, LLC, based out of Colorado Springs, according to the Dawson County GIS website.

Local law enforcement on scene were the Dawson County Sheriff’s Office and the Nebraska State Patrol. The Lexington Volunteer Fire Department was also called to the crash site.

The Federal Aviation Administration will investigate the crash, Case said.

Original article can be found here ➤

A Cirrus SR22 made a crash landing late Wednesday afternoon just west of the Lexington airport, known as Jim Kelly Field. The plane remained upright and the two occupants walked away from the plane.

Dawson County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Tucker Case says it was reported around 5:23pm. Investigators determined the airplane lost control while attempting to land at the airport and skidded to the west of the airport runway in a hay field while narrowly missing a residence. Lt. Case says strong cross winds was determined to be a factor.

Both the pilot, 65-year-old Riley George and passenger 64-year-old Marcia George of rural Eustis, walked away from the crash with “very minor injuries”.

The plane appeared to clip a tree in a windbreak on property of Wayne Lichtenwalter. Lichtenwalter was outside at the time and heard the plane descend and as pieces broke away from the aircraft. He said he immediately came over to the plane to check on the occupants.

The Cirrus SR22 is registered to Riley George, according to Federal Aviation Administration records.  The flight originated in Ft. Collins, CO and Lexington was it’s destination. 

The Nebraska State Patrol, Lexington Volunteer Fire Department and Lexington Airport Manager responded to the scene. Lt. Case says the FAA will also conduct an investigation into the crash.

Original article can be found here ➤

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