Sunday, August 16, 2020

Piper PA-18-150 Super Cub, N2510H: Accident occurred August 15, 2020 at Chandler Field Airport (KAXN), Alexandria, Douglas County, Minnesota

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; Minneapolis, Minnesota

Location: Brandon, MN
Accident Number: CEN20LA343
Date & Time: 08/15/2020, 1307 CDT
Registration: N2510H
Aircraft: Piper PA18
Injuries: 2 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

On August 15, 2020, about 1307 central daylight time, a Piper PA18, N2510H, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Brandon, Minnesota. The airline transport pilot and 1 passenger sustained minor injuries. The airplane was being operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91 personal flight.

According to the pilot, he was taking off to the north from his private grass runway. The engine lost power shortly after the airplane became airborne. He contemplated landing on the remaining runway as he thought that the engine regained normal power. Due to the length of runway, he elected to continue the takeoff, but because of the obstacles at the departure end of the runway, he turned the airplane to the east towards a cut wheat field. While maneuvering toward the field, the landing gear struck a steel post attached to a fence in the field. The airplane came to rest upright in the field. After the occupants exited, a post crash fire consumed the airplane.

Figure 1. Airplane Wreckage after Post Crash Fire.

Examination of the accident site revealed that the airplane struck the steel post about 4-ft above the ground. The airplane came to rest about 150 ft from the impact with the post. Evidence at the site showed that the airplane rotated about 90° to the right before it struck the ground. Although a post impact fire consumed most of the airplane, all flight control continuities were confirmed. Due to the extensive fire damage, the engine could not be rotated and a detailed examination was not possible.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N2510H
Model/Series: PA18 150
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: AXN, 1411 ft msl
Observation Time: 1353 CDT
Distance from Accident Site: 7 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point:23°C / 16°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 8 knots / , 200°
Lowest Ceiling:None
Visibility: 10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.04 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Brandon, MN
Destination: Brandon, MN

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Fire: On-Ground
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Minor
Latitude, Longitude: 45.965278, -95.598611 (est)

The pilot of a Piper PA-18 Super Cub and his teenage passenger escaped serious injury Saturday after a crash 1 mile east of Brandon.

According to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, dispatch received a report at 1:07 p.m. that a light aircraft had crashed near 13393 Aldrich Road N.W.

The pilot was 53-year-old Paul Charles Erickson while the passenger was 15-year-old Alicia Allison Erickson. 

Erickson told deputies that he was attempting to takeoff and experienced momentary engine failure. During his attempt to land he struck a small pole and some brush at the end of the grass runway.

The plane immediately started on fire but the two Alexandria residents were able to exit the aircraft. The pilot was uninjured. His passenger sustained a small burn on her leg. Both were evaluated at the scene by North Ambulance personnel and released without transport.

Also at the scene was the Brandon Fire Department.

The cause of the crash is under investigation by the FAA and the NTSB.

Douglas County Sheriff's Office
Case Number: 20009311

Date, Time Reported: 08/15/20, 1:07 pm

Location: 13393 Aldrich Rd NW, Brandon Minnesota

Pilot: Paul Charles Erickson Age : 53

Alexandria, Minnesota

Passenger: Alicia Allison Erickson Age: 15

Alexandria, Minnesota

On 08/15/20 at approximately 1:07 pm, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office received a report of an aircraft that had crashed and was now on fire. 

All occupants were out of the plane and not requesting medical assistance.

The plane, piloted by Paul Erickson, was a Piper PA-18-150 Super Cub. 

Erickson stated that he was attempting a takeoff and experienced momentary engine failure. He then attempted to land and struck a small pole and brush at the end of the grass runway. 

The plane came to rest and immediately started on fire. Erickson and his passenger were able to exit. 

Paul was uninjured and Alicia sustained a small burn to her leg. 

Both were evaluated on scene by ambulance personnel and released without transport.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation by the FAA and NTSB.

Responding to the scene to assist: Brandon Fire Department and North Ambulance.

Sgt. Paul Trautman, #236

Douglas County Sheriff's Office

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