Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Team Mini-Max 1600R, N827WS: Accident occurred June 07, 2020 in Marshall, Calhoun County, Michigan

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

Additional Participating Entity:

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Grand Rapids, Michigan

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Marshall, MI
Accident Number: CEN20LA216
Date & Time: 06/07/2020, 1500 EDT
Registration: N827WS
Aircraft: Team 1600R
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On June 7, 2020, about 1500 eastern daylight time, a Team Mini-Max 1600R airplane, N827WS, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Marshall, Michigan. The pilot was not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

According to the pilot, after departing from a campground area, the engine lost total power during initial climb. The pilot made a forced landing into a cornfield, during which the right wing and fuselage were damaged. The airplane was retained for further examination. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Team
Registration: N827WS
Model/Series: 1600R No Series
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: KRMY, 941 ft msl
Observation Time: 1455 EDT
Distance from Accident Site: 2 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 23°C / 10°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Calm / ,
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.13 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Marshall, MI (PRIV)
Destination: Marshall, MI (PRIV)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 42.245833, -84.991111

The pilot of a  Team Mini-Max 1600R airplane was not hurt when he crashed the plane in a cornfield near Cornwell's Turkeyville at 18935 15 1/2 Mile Road in Convis Township north of Marshall.

Deputies reported the crash at 3:15 p.m. Sunday and said the pilot, a 26-year-old man from Nashville, Michigan, was not injured and was alone in the plane.

Deputies said the pilot, whose name they did not release, told them he left Niles earlier in the day and landed in Kalamazoo after experiencing some problems with the plane. He checked the aircraft and then flew to Battle Creek and then to the cornfield at Cornwell's.

Deputies said he took off again but, about 200 feet above the ground, the engine stopped and he crash-landed in the field.

Deputies said the man has been staying at the campground and has used the cornfield to take off and land.

Deputies reported the crash to the Federal Aviation Administration, whose records show the plane is registered to Christopher J. Steffler of Nashville.

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