Saturday, January 30, 2021

Loss of Control on Ground: Bellanca 17-30A Super Viking, N224HW; accident occurred June 19, 2020 in Martinton, Iroquois County, Illinois

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office;  Springfield, Illinois

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: 

Location: Martinton, Illinois 
Accident Number: CEN20CA236
Date & Time: June 19, 2020, 17:40 Local 
Registration: N244HW
Aircraft: Bellanca 1730A
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground 
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private 
Age: 78, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine land 
Seat Occupied:
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None 
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane 
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 With waivers/limitations 
Last FAA Medical Exam: July 25, 2018
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time: 3600 hours (Total, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Bellanca 
Registration: N244HW
Model/Series: 1730A 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 30317
Landing Gear Type: 
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 
Certified Max Gross Wt.:
Time Since Last Inspection: 
Airframe Total Time:
Engine Manufacturer:
Engine Model/Series:
Registered Owner: 
Rated Power:
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual (VMC)
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: 
Distance from Accident Site: 50 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 17:45 Local 
Direction from Accident Site: 10°
Lowest Cloud Condition: 
Visibility: 10 miles
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 9 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:  /
Wind Direction: 90°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:  /
Altimeter Setting: 29.35 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 31°C / 16°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: St. Louis, MO
Type of Flight Plan Filed: Unknown
Type of Clearance: Unknown
Departure Time: 
Type of Airspace: Class G

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude: 40.95972,-87.760559(est)


  1. Poor guy. Bet he felt like a doofus after finding out how much fuel he had left. Glad he’s ok though.

    1. Hope he realizes it's time to give up flying after this, before he became a dead doofus.

    2. better yet, kills some other poor doofus' like myself!

  2. Not sure how you'd get an IO520 to use 19gph unless you have no clue how to use the mixture control. Since he couldn't find over 20 gallons of gas onboard I suppose it's not unreasonable to think that if he can't use a fuel selector, he can't use a mixture control also