Saturday, May 30, 2020

Champion 7ECA Citabria, N9557S: Accident occurred May 28, 2020 near Vine Grove Airport (70KY), Hardin County, Kentucky

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Louisville, Kentucky

NTSB Identification: WPR20CA160
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, May 28, 2020 in Vine Grove, KY
Aircraft: Champion 7ECA, registration: N9557S

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 departed and struck power lines and crashed in a field.

Date: 28-MAY-20
Time: 18:43:00Z
Regis#: N9557S
Aircraft Make: CHAMPION
Aircraft Model: 7ECA
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: MINOR
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 91

One person was injured when a small private plane clipped a power line as it descended Thursday afternoon near North Middle School and landed upright beside a tree line in a cornfield.

Officials at the scene said two people were in the plane less than a mile from the Vine Grove airport with the owner/pilot suffering minor injuries. Vine Grove Police Chief Kenny Mattingly said the crash occurred at 2:39 p.m.

“The plane was taking off going north to south toward Rogersville Road when for unknown reasons the plane began to descend and hit a transmission line,” Mattingly said.

Although the plane landed near Joe Prather Highway, the trees concealed the scene from passing motorists. Police and other emergency vehicles drove 200 yards across a farm field to find the crash site. Vine Grove police blocked access from the highway after Federal Aviation Administration officials arrived.

Chester Dennis was mowing along the right of way adjacent to his family’s property nearby when the crash occurred. He didn’t see the wreck but noticed the traffic signal was out at Prather and Rogersville Road just before he saw two fire trucks pull off the road and disappear into an adjacent field.

The power outage initially impacted nearly 30,000 customers in parts of Vine Grove, Radcliff and Elizabethtown, according to a Nolin RECC outage report.

Mattingly said the pilot suffered cuts and bruises. His name was not released. A passenger was uninjured.

The Federal Aviation Administration quickly was on the crash scene and is handling the investigation. In addition to the VGPD, the Vine Grove Fire Department, Hardin County Emer­gency Management, Hardin County EMS and Kentucky State Police also responded.

Thursday’s incident is the second plane crash in less than a year involving an aircraft in Vine Grove.

On June 23, a two-­seater plane crashed as it attempted to land at the Vine Grove airport.

Josef Schroeder of Radcliff and Daniel Brooks of Rineyville suffered multiple fractures in the crash.

Vine Grove Fire Chief Steve New said the plane clipped trees by the landing area as it descended.

1 comment:

  1. Very fortunate outcome. Tangling with power lines is usually fatal.