Thursday, March 12, 2020

Piper PA-32R-301T Saratoga II TC, N599ST: Accident occurred March 11, 2020 near Jasper County Airport (KRZL), Rensselaer, Indiana

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

Additional Participating Entities:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Greater Chicago, Illinois
Piper Aircraft Inc; Vero Beach, Florida

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Rensselaer, IN
Accident Number: CEN20LA118
Date & Time: 03/11/2020, 0635 CDT
Registration: N599ST
Aircraft: Piper PA32R
Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On March 11, 2020, about 0635 central daylight time, a Piper PA-32R airplane, N599ST, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Jasper County Airport (RZL), Rensselaer, Indiana. The pilot, sole occupant, was seriously injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal cross-country flight.

When the airplane did not arrive at its destination an ALNOT (alert notification) was issued. A preliminary review of air traffic control services revealed the pilot had requested an instrument approach to RZL.

The airplane wreckage was located in a field about one mile east of RZL.

The wreckage was retained for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N599ST
Model/Series: PA32R 301T
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Instrument Conditions
Condition of Light: Not Reported
Observation Facility, Elevation: RZL
Observation Time: 0635 CDT
Distance from Accident Site:
Temperature/Dew Point: 2°C / 2°C
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Calm / ,
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 200 ft agl
Visibility:  0.5 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.08 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Departure Point: LaFayette, IN (LAF)
Destination: Rensselaer, IN (RZL) 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: On-Ground
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious
Latitude, Longitude: 40.948333, -87.178889

Lafayette resident Matt Jonkman talks June 10th, 2015, about the plans he has for the historic Fowler House. The Tippecanoe County Historical Association sold the Fowler House to Jonkman's nonprofit 1852 Foundation. Jonkman said he will reopen the Fowler House for wedding receptions, reunions, catered events, tours and corporate meetings. He said the Fowler House will not be a residence.

RENSSELAER, Indiana – A Lafayette pilot was injured on the morning of March 11th when his plane went down behind a Dollar General store in Rensselaer.

According to a report from Rensselaer police, the pilot, Matt Jonkman of Lafayette, was taken to an Indianapolis hospital Wednesday, March 11th  after his plane crashed. Friends say he was on his way to pick up his father at the Jasper County Airport.

According to the report, a witness called police about a plane flying low in the area of Indiana 114, also known as Clark Street on the western edge of the city.

Jonkman and Ann Jonkman, a doctor in Lafayette, created the 1852 Foundation, a nonprofit group that purchased and renovated the Fowler House mansion near the corner of 10th and South streets in Lafayette. Their foundation operates the Fowler House – built by Lafayette businessman Moses Fowler and later Tippecanoe County historical museum – as an events venue.

According to FlightAware, Jonkman took off in the Piper PA-32R-301T Saratoga II TC aircraft from Purdue Airport at 7:07 a.m. Eastern time Wednesday and was scheduled to arrive at Jasper County Airport, less than a mile from the crash scene, at 6:17 a.m. Central time.

A Facebook post from the Jasper County Airport reported that it had received a call at 6:52 a.m. Central time from Chicago air traffic controllers asking about whether an aircraft had made it to the airport. At 7:04 a.m. Central time, the airport received a call about a plane that had crashed with one person onboard.

Colby Bartlett, a member of the 1852 Foundation board, said Jonkman was flying to Rensselaer to pick up his father and then planned to fly somewhere else from there. He said Jonkman was in critical, but stable, condition with burns Wednesday night at Eskenazi Hospital in Indianapolis.

“We’re all just very, very thankful that he survived and is getting great care,” Bartlett said.

The Federal Aviation Administration was investigating, though no cause for the crash was immediately available.

Original article can be found here ➤

Matt Jonkman

RENSSELAER — Jasper County Airport officials are on the scene of a plane crash in Rensselaer.

According to the Jasper County Airport’s Facebook page, emergency rescue personnel are behind the Dollar General store, 930 W. Clark St., Rensselaer, investigation a “possible crash” of an aircraft in which one person was confirmed to be on board. That person, according to Jasper County Airport Manager Ray Seif, has been transported to a hospital.

Seif said the airport received a call at 6:52 a.m. CT from the Chicago Air Traffic Control Center asking if an aircraft had made it on the ground. He said Chicago had cleared an aircraft to make an instrument approach — a procedure in which pilots use aircraft instruments to determine its position and navigate between points.

“We did not have the aircraft on the ground at the airport,” Seif wrote in an email to the Rensselaer Republican.

Just after 7 a.m. CT, a call from 911 Dispatch asked if the airport was expecting an aircraft and that a crash may have happened behind the Dollar General store.

The crash location is about 1 mile east of the airport.

According to Seif, the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board have been contacted.

Original article can be found here ➤

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