Thursday, May 14, 2020

Titan Tornado S, N318WH: Accident occurred May 09, 2020 near Haskell Airport (2K9), Oklahoma

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

https://registry.faa.gov/N318WH

Location: Haskell, OK
Accident Number: CEN20LA173
Date & Time: 05/09/2020, 0630 CDT
Registration: N318WH
Aircraft: Titan TITAN TORNADO S
Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

On May 9, 2020, about 0630 central daylight time, an experimental Titan Tornado S airplane, N318WH, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident about 3 miles north of Haskell Airport (2K9), Haskell, Oklahoma. The pilot sustained serious injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

According to the pilot, he departed from 2K9 and climbed about 600 feet per minute to 2,000 ft where he intended to level off. He stated that the airplane was flying really well with no anomalies noted at that point. As he decreased the pitch attitude, very suddenly the airplane vibrated aggressively and it "felt like the tail was thumping." He decreased the engine power to slow the airplane and descend, but the thumping and vibrating continued. He pitched the airplane down and aimed to land in a field or on the riverbank. Before he was able to land, the airplane suddenly rolled inverted and descended into the trees.

The responding Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector stated that the airplane was found in a densely wooded area with the right wing separated and significant impact damage to the entire airplane. The stabilator was found fractured and disconnected from the push/pull tube.

The wreckage has been retained for further examination. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Titan
Registration: N318WH
Model/Series: TITAN TORNADO S Undesignated
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: KMKO, 610 ft msl
Observation Time: 0653 CDT
Distance from Accident Site: 19 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 6°C / 4°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Calm / ,
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.29 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Haskell, OK (2K9)
Destination: Haskell, OK (2K9)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious
Latitude, Longitude: 35.864167, -95.655556 (est)

















Wagoner County Sheriff's Office
Deputies respond to plane crash South of Coweta, pilot flown to area hospital

On 05-09-2020 Wagoner County E-911 Dispatch received information of a plane crash South of Coweta in the area of East 205th and State Highway 72. Wagoner County Deputies Lt. E Crockett, E Patrick, B Sieg, D Clark, and Sgt. J Halfacre responded to investigate. Wagoner County Deputies were dispatched at 0825 hours and a deputy was on scene in minutes coordinating with Wagoner County Emergency Management and area first responders.

As additional first responders arrived, Deputy Sieg, Crockett, Patrick, and Clark all proceeded to the scene of the plane crash to assist the victim. Yocum Trucking allowed first responders to company golf carts and 4-wheelers to gain access to the crash site. Responders had to traverse muddy fields and heavy foliage to access the airplane crash site. Deputy Sieg relayed GPS coordinates continuously to Wagoner County E-911 Dispatch to direct first responders. Air Evac 83 responded to the scene to transport the victim due to his significant injuries. Wagoner County Emergency Management responded with ATV vehicles to allow access to the crash site.

The pilot sustained injuries in the crash and was transported by Air Evac 83 to a local area hospital for treatment. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol is investigating the crash in conjunction with the Federal Aviation Administration. The plane had taken off from the Haskell Airport before having unknown issues and crashing into a rural area of Wagoner County.

The Wagoner County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank Heath Underwood and his Wagoner County Emergency Management team, Stone Bluff Fire Department, Coweta Fire Department, Muskogee County EMS, Haskell Fire Department, Haskell Police Department, Air Evac 83 (Muskogee), Yocum Trucking, Muskogee County Sheriff's Office, and the Oklahoma Highway Patrol for their assistance.

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