Saturday, August 22, 2020

Cessna 180 Skywagon, N7620A: Accident occurred August 22, 2020 near Spirit of St Louis Airport (KSUS), Chesterfield, Missouri

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; St. Louis, Missouri

Location: St Louis, MO
Accident Number: CEN20LA360
Date & Time: 08/22/2020, 1151 CDT
Registration: N7620A
Aircraft: Cessna 180
Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

On August 22, 2020, about 1151 central daylight time, a Cessna 180 airplane, N7620A, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near St. Louis, Missouri. The pilot was seriously injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

The pilot stated that about 5 minutes after takeoff he heard a loud "pop" followed by a loss of engine power. The pilot made a forced landing into a congested area with rolling terrain and a paved road, which damaged both wings and the fuselage. Initial examination of the airplane by Federal Aviation Administration inspectors and an airframe manufacturer representative did not reveal a reason for the power loss. The airplane will be examined again after recovery.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N7620A
Model/Series: 180 UNDESIGNATED
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Casement Llc
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KSUS, 462 ft msl
Observation Time: 1154 CDT
Distance from Accident Site: 6 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 29°C / 18°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 6000 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Calm / ,
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility: 10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.97 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: VFR
Departure Point: St Louis, MO (1H0)
Destination: Fredericktown, MO (H88)

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: 38.623333, -90.542778

CHESTERFIELD — The pilot of a Cessna 180 Skywagon that crashed late Saturday morning survived with what police described as non-life-threatening injuries.

The male pilot, 61, crashed in the rear of Parkway West Middle School at 2312 Baxter Road about seven or eight minutes into flight after taking off from Creve Coeur Airport at 11:46 a.m., said Sgt. Keith Rider of the Chesterfield Police Department.

A Chesterfield police officer helped pull the injured pilot from the plane, which had not caught fire, Rider said. The pilot was taken by ambulance to a hospital for treatment, and is expected to be OK.

No one on the ground was hurt, Rider said. Authorities were draining remaining fuel from the airplane before towing it away this afternoon.

According to the FAA's aircraft database, the Cessna 180 Skywagon is owned by Casement LLC based in St. Charles. Records filed with the Missouri Secretary of State's business database describe Casement as an aviation consulting, instruction and maintenance company managed by Gregory M. Pochapsky of St. Charles.

Chesterfield Police Department
Regarding the plane crash at Parkway West Middle School: As bad as it looks, it could of been much worse. Now learning one of our Officers was nearby when the crash occurred and was able to quickly pull the pilot to safety. Great job by all of the responding police and fire. The 64-year-old pilot was the only one onboard and suffered non life-threatening injuries.