Saturday, August 22, 2020

Aeronca 11AC Chief, N86002: Accident occurred August 22, 2020 in Nebo, McDowell County, North Carolina

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. 

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Charlotte, North Carolina

Location: Nebo, NC
Accident Number: ERA20LA295
Date & Time: 08/22/2020, 1735 EDT
Registration: N86002
Aircraft: Aeronca 11AC
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

On August 22, 2020, about 1735 eastern daylight time, N86602, an Aeronca 11AC, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Nebo, North Carolina. The pilot sustained minor injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

The pilot stated that the engine began to run rough and he could smell a strong odor of fuel in the cockpit. He applied carburetor heat and pumped the throttle several times, but to no avail. The pilot was unable to maintain altitude and made a forced landing to a highway, during which time the engine lost total power. After the airplane touched down on the highway it impacted a guardrail resulting in substantial damage to the airframe.

The wreckage was retained for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Aeronca
Registration: N86002
Model/Series: 11AC 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: MRN, 1269 ft msl
Observation Time: 1735 EDT
Distance from Accident Site: 20 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 29°C / 20°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 6 knots / , 180°
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility: 10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.05 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: Unknown
Departure Point: Statesville, NC (SVH)
Destination: Clinton, MO (GLY)

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: 35.663611, -81.888056 (est)

A small airplane experiencing engine trouble pulled off an emergency landing over the weekend on an unexpected tarmac — and a driver’s dash cam caught it all on video.

The Aeronca 11AC Chief touched down on Interstate 40 in Western North Carolina near mile marker 90 just after 5:30 p.m. Saturday, McDowell County Emergency Management said in a Facebook post. No one was injured.

“Prior to the emergency landing, McDowell County 911 received multiple calls reporting an airplane in distress,” the post states.

Footage from a driver’s dash cam shows the plane swooping in from overhead and hovering above the interstate for a few seconds before its wheels bounce on the pavement. The plane then hits a guardrail, pitching the nose forward.

The pilot is seen exiting almost immediately as other drivers stop their cars and run to help.

“This was quite unbelievable to be driving along and an airplane plops down out of nowhere,” the driver wrote in a Facebook post sharing the video. “The camera sees the plane before I do, I’m pretty tall and cam is in top of window.”

The Nebo Fire Department, Marion Fire Department, McDowell EMS, N.C. Highway Patrol and the McDowell Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene, emergency management officials said.

Only the pilot was onboard and “exited the aircraft on his own behalf,” according to officials.

The Aeronca 11AC Chief was experiencing engine trouble before it landed on the interstate and struck a guardrail near Nebo, North Carolina, according to a preliminary report filed with the Federal Aviation Administration.

BURKE COUNTY, North Carolina (WBTV) - A pilot escaped without injury after he crashed his small plane onto I-40 in McDowell County on Saturday.

The crash happened near Exit 90.

The plane, fortunately, didn’t crash into any traffic on the interstate.

The pilot told WBTV that he lost engine power, saw I-40 and attempted to land.

He said swirling winds caused him to stall and bounce onto and over the guardrail.

The plane was destroyed.

Highway patrol is investigating the crash.

Officials have not said if any charges will be filed.

McDowell County 911 / Emergency Management
At 5:38 p.m. a small airplane made an emergency landing on I-40 EB near mile marker 90. Prior to the emergency landing, McDowell County 911 received multiple calls reporting an airplane in distress. Emergency personnel from Nebo Fire Department, Marion Fire Department, McDowell EMS, NCSHP, and the McDowell Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene. The pilot exited the aircraft on his own behalf and was not injured. Expect travel delays in the area. The Federal Aviation Administration has been notified.

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