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Sonex, N610DJ: Accident occurred December 24, 2020 at O'Connor Field Airport (8IL5), Pecatonica, Winnebago County, Illinois

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; DuPage, Illinois

Location: Pecatonica, IL 
Accident Number: CEN21LA100
Date & Time: December 24, 2020, 14:40 Local
Registration: N610DJ
Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On December 24, 2020, about 1440 central standard time, a Sonex, N610DJ, was involved in an accident near Pecatonica, Illinois. The pilot received serious injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91 personal flight.

The pilot of the personal flight reduced engine power during a visual approach for landing to O'Connor Field Airport (8IL5), Pecatonica, Illinois. The airplane engine lost power, and the pilot was unable to restart the engine. Witnesses located at 8IL5 saw the airplane enter a stall/spin on base to final for runway 9. The airplane impacted terrain in a nose low attitude and sustained substantial damage.

The airplane wreckage was retained for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: WALTON DANIEL J
Registration: N610DJ
Model/Series: SONEX 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: Yes
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC 
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KRFD,743 ft msl
Observation Time: 11:54 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 13 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: -9°C /-17°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 2500 ft AGL
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 14 knots / 21 knots, 290°
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 3600 ft AGL 
Visibility: 8 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.84 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: 
Destination: Pecatonica, IL

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries:
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious
Latitude, Longitude: 42.303868,-89.344838 (est)

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