Sunday, May 03, 2020

Yakovlev Yak-52, N27YK: Fatal accident occurred May 02, 2020 at Zelmer Memorial Air Park (5K1), Palmyra, Macoupin County, Illinois

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

Additional Participating Entity: 

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Springfield, Illinois

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


https://registry.faa.gov/N27YK

Location: PALMYRA, IL
Accident Number: CEN20LA168
Date & Time: 05/02/2020, 1600 CDT
Registration: N27YK
Aircraft: Yakovlev YAK 52
Injuries: 1 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On May 2, 2020, about 1600 Central daylight time, a Yakovlev YAK-52 airplane, N27YK, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Zelmer Memorial Airpark Inc (5K1), Palmyra, Illinois. The pilot was fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91 personal flight.

A witness who was driving north of 5K1 observed the airplane descending towards the airport "way too fast to be landing." He lost sight of the airplane as it descended behind a tree line. A few moments later he saw the airplane climb into sight 200-300 ft above the ground (AGL) about 1.5 miles, do a full revolution and then roll and descend steeply into the ground. A pilot witness observed the airplane make a low pass at 5K1 towards the south 20-30 ft AGL. He described the airplane pitching up 5-10° to 100-200 ft AGL when it was past the end of the runway and making a slow roll to the left. As the airplane passed [180°] he did not think the pilot had enough altitude to perform the maneuver. He lost sight of the airplane as it descended and was passing about 270° of roll. Another witness was mowing his yard when he saw the airplane traveling parallel to the ground when it began a left roll and then "nose-dived" steeply towards the ground about ½ mile from his location.

The airplane wreckage was located about 20 ft from the initial impact point. The impact crater was 12-18 inches in depth and the direction of travel from the impact crater to the wreckage was about 240°. The wreckage was moved to a secure location for examination at a later date. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information


Aircraft Make: Yakovlev
Registration: N27YK
Model/Series: YAK 52 No Series
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:
Observation Time:
Distance from Accident Site:
Temperature/Dew Point: 29°C / 14°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 8 knots / , 360°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.26 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point:
Destination:

Wreckage and Impact Information


Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude: 39.408889, -89.990278 (est)

Those who may have information that might be relevant to the National Transportation Safety Board investigation may contact them by email eyewitnessreport@ntsb.gov, and any friends and family who want to contact investigators about the accident should email assistance@ntsb.gov. 


Timothy L. "Tim" Nelson


Timothy L. "Tim" Nelson, 61, of Carlinville, passed away on Saturday, May 2, 2020 in rural Palmyra.
  
Tim was born on September 20, 1958 to Robert L. and Dorothy L. (Stanka) Nelson in Alton, IL.  On July 27, 1985, he married Stephanie Broom at the Carlinville United Methodist Church.

Following graduation from Carlinville High School in 1976, Tim began working with his dad and brother on the family farm. Tim was a gifted pilot with a passion for the sky who earned his pilot’s license at the age of 16 and later flew as a crop duster for many years. Tim had a strong faith in God and was a member of Pleasant Hill Christian Church in Raymond where he enjoyed serving with the men’s bible study group. Tim was a devoted husband, father and grandfather and was always generous with his time, talents and prayers. 
  
Tim is survived by his wife, Stephanie Nelson, two sons, Dr. Ben (Dr. Kristen) Nelson of South Daytona, FL, and Brett Nelson of Springfield, IL; granddaughter, Claire Nelson; brother, Tom Nelson of Carlinville, IL; sister, Dr. Theresa (Michael) Rogers of Pinehurst, NC; several nieces and nephews.
  
Tim was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Dorothy Nelson.
  
Due to Coronavirus restrictions, a drive-thru visitation will be held Wednesday, May 6, 2020, from 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm at Pleasant Hill Christian Church, 19433 West Frontage Road, Raymond, IL.
     
Private funeral services will be held on Thursday, May 7, 2020, at Charity Cemetery, Carlinville, IL, with Rev. Dave Ziegenbein, officiating.
  
Memorials are suggested to the Pleasant Hill Christian Church. 

https://davisandersonfuneralhome.com

PALMYRA, Ill. (WICS/WRSP) — UPDATE (8:20 p.m. 5/2/20):

The victim of the plane crash at Zelmer Memorial Air Park in Palmyra on Saturday has been identified.

Timothy L. Nelson, 61 of Carlinville, was killed in the crash.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) registry, Nelson was a certified commercial pilot and had been certified since 2007.

Macoupin County Coroner Brad Targhetta said Nelson was the pilot of the Yakovlev Yak-52. He said Nelson was flying alone when the crash occurred.

Targhetta arrived at the scene at approximately 5 p.m. and pronounced Nelson dead. Targhetta said Nelson was killed instantly in the crash.

Macoupin County Coroner Brad Targhetta said an autopsy is scheduled for Monday.

The Davis Anderson Funeral Home in Carlinville will handle funeral arrangements for the victim.

The crash was reported at 4:03 p.m. The time of the crash remains unknown.

The FAA is investigating the crash.

ORIGINAL:

One person has died following a plane crash at Zelmer Memorial Air Park in Palmyra on Saturday.

Carlinville Fire Department officials said they were called to assist the Palmyra Fire Department at approximately 4:56 p.m. on Saturday, May 2.

As of 6:50 p.m. on Saturday, officials with the Carlinville Fire Department and the Palmyra Fire Department were on the scene.

The Macoupin County Coroner's Office confirmed the coroner is on the scene and there is one fatality.

The type of plane involved is unknown, and it is unknown whether there are any additional injuries due to the crash.

https://newschannel20.com 

Timothy L. “Tim” Nelson, 61, of Carlinville, died on Saturday, May 2, 2020, in rural Palmyra.

Due to social distancing guidelines that prohibit public gatherings, a drive-thru visitation will be held Wednesday, May 6, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Pleasant Hill Christian Church, 19433 West Frontage Road, Raymond.Private funeral services will be conducted Thursday, May 7, at Charity Cemetery in Carlinville with the Rev. Dave Ziegenbein officiating. Davis-Anderson Funeral Home in Carlinville is assisting the family.

Mr. Nelson was born Sept. 20, 1958, in Alton, to Robert L. and Dorothy L. (Stanka) Nelson. He married Stephanie Broom on July 27, 1985, at Carlinville United Methodist Church, and she survives.

Following graduation from Carlinville High School in 1976, he began working with his dad and brother on the family farm.

Mr. Nelson was a gifted pilot with a passion for the sky, who earned his pilot’s license at the age of 16, and later flew as a crop duster for many years.

He had a strong faith in God and was a member of Pleasant Hill Christian Church in Raymond, where he enjoyed serving with the men’s Bible study group. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather, and was always generous with his time, talents and prayers.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Nelson is survived by two sons, Dr. Ben (Dr. Kristen) Nelson of South Daytona, FL, and Brett Nelson of Springfield; granddaughter, Claire Nelson; brother, Tom Nelson of Carlinville; sister, Dr. Theresa (Michael) Rogers of Pinehurst, NC; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorials may be directed to Pleasant Hill Christian Church in Raymond.

Online condolences to the family may be left at www.davisandersonfuneralhome.com.