Friday, September 6, 2019

Phantom X-1, N111JC: Accident occurred September 04, 2019 in Van Wert County, Ohio

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

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

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Van Wert, OH
Accident Number: CEN19LA303
Date & Time: 09/04/2019, 1735 EDT
Registration: N111JC
Aircraft: Phantom Aeronautics X-1
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

On September 4, 2019, about 1735 eastern daylight time, a Phantom Aeronautics X-1 light sport airplane, N111JC, was substantially damaged during a forced landing following a loss of engine power near Van Wert, Ohio. The pilot was not injured. The airplane was registered to and operated by private individuals as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and the flight was not operated on a flight plan. The local flight originated from the Van Wert County Airport (VNW), Van Wert, Ohio, about 1730.

The pilot reported a loss of engine power about 5 minutes into the flight. He subsequently noticed that the forward carburetor had become separated from the engine intake boot. He executed a forced landing to a bean field which resulted in damage to the left-wing spar. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Phantom Aeronautics
Registration: N111JC
Model/Series: X-1
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: VNW, 787 ft msl
Observation Time: 1735 EDT
Distance from Accident Site: 5 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 23°C / 15°C
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 6 knots / , 350°
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 4400 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.08 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Van Wert, OH (VNW)
Destination: Van Wert, OH (VNW)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 40.863889, -84.606389 (est)

VAN WERT — No one was injured in a plane crash in Van Wert County on Wednesday.

In a news release, Van Wert County Sheriff Thomas M. Riggenbach reported that just after 5:30 p.m., his office was notified of the plane crash. When officials arrived, they determined an ultralight aircraft had crashed in a soybean field at the southeast corner of Lincoln Highway and Richey Road.

The aircraft was a 1997 Phantom X1, which was flown by Joshua J. Huber, 32, of Convoy. He was not hurt in the crash.

The investigation is continuing, and the Federal Aviation Administration has been contacted as part of the investigation.

Original article can be found here ➤

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