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Piel CP-301 Emeraude, N4120: Accident occurred January 17, 2020 in Oakwood, Ohio

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. 

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

Location: Oakwood, OH
Accident Number: CEN20LA063
Date & Time: 01/17/2020, 1533 EST
Registration: N4120
Aircraft: PIEL CP301
Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

On January 17, 2020, about 1533 eastern standard time, a Piel Emeraude CP-301 airplane, N4120, was destroyed when it impacted terrain shortly after takeoff near Oakwood, Ohio. The pilot was seriously injured. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions at the time of the accident, and the flight was not operated on a flight plan. The local flight was originating at the time of the accident.

A witness reported after takeoff the airplane climbed to about 90 ft above ground level. He subsequently heard a "pop" or "sputter noise," and the airplane immediately entered a left turn. He heard two more "pops" before the airplane "fell right to the ground." He subsequently responded to the accident site to assist the pilot.

The accident site was located in an agricultural field about 1/4-mile northeast of the departure airstrip.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: PIEL
Registration: N4120
Model/Series: CP301
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
Observation Facility, Elevation: DFI, 707 ft msl
Observation Time: 1553 EST
Distance from Accident Site: 12 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: -2°C / -8°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 8 knots / , 120°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.64 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Paulding, OH (53OH)
Destination: Paulding, OH (53OH)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious
Latitude, Longitude: 41.136111, -84.441667

PAULDING COUNTY, Ohio (WANE) — The pilot of a plane that went down in a field has been taken to a Fort Wayne hospital, WANE 15 has learned.

On Friday just after 3:30 p.m., a fixed wing single-engine airplane crashed shortly after takeoff according to a release from the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office.

Authorities say the pilot, Dustin Dobbelaere, 35, of Defiance, Ohio, was the only occupant in the 1980 Piel Emeraude Model CP-301 when it crashed. He was taken via helicopter to a Fort Wayne hospital, but the nature of his injuries is currently unknown.

The sheriff’s office says the crash occurred in the field northeast of the intersection of Roads 138 and 163 in Oakwood, Ohio. They say the plane took off from a privately-owned grass runway several hundred feet to the west of the crash.

Deputies are working in conjunction with investigators from the Federal Aviation Administration, National Transportation Safety Board, Oakwood Fire & EMS, Paulding EMS and Paulding County Emergency Management Agency.

This crash remains under investigation.

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