Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Aeropro CZ Aerotrek A240, N417R: Fatal accident occurred April 25, 2021 near Richmond Municipal Airport (KRID), Wayne County, Indiana

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; Indianapolis, Indiana
Location: Richmond, IN 
Accident Number: CEN21LA200
Date & Time: April 25, 2021, 07:45 Local
Registration: N417R
Aircraft: AEROPRO CZ S R O A240
Injuries: 1 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On April 25, 2021, about 0745 eastern daylight time, an Aeropro CZ A240 light sport airplane, N417R, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near the Richmond Municipal Airport (RID), Richmond, Indiana. The pilot was fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

At 0737, a weather briefing was requested with an estimated departure time of 0750, and a visual flight rules (VFR) flight plan was filed from RID to Festus Memorial Airport (FES), Festus, Missouri, using the pilot’s ForeFlight account. The VFR flight plan was activated at 0737, the time it was filed.

At the time of the accident, an Airman’s Meteorological Information (AIRMET) advisory for instrument conditions was in effect, and low instrument conditions were recorded by the Automated Weather Observing System (AWOS) on the airport.

At 0742, two Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast (ADS-B) data points associated with the airplane were recorded less than 1/2 mile west of the airport. No altitude information was available.

At 0749, an individual driving near the airport contacted local authorities after he observed a fire and subsequently identified it as an airplane. It was fully engulfed when he initially saw it. There were no known witnesses that observed the airplane takeoff or the accident itself.

The airplane impacted an open field about 1/2 mile south-southwest of the airport. It came to rest upright on a northwest heading. A postimpact fire consumed the fuselage, empennage, and inboard wings with exception of the tubular airframe structure. The fuselage and wing structure were deformed consistent with impact forces.

Detailed airframe and engine exams are planned. An Appareo Stratus 3 unit was recovered and retained for download.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: AEROPRO CZ S R O 
Registration: N417R
Model/Series: A240
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: IMC
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: RID,1140 ft msl
Observation Time: 07:45 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 0.5 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 6°C /6°C
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 3 knots / , 270°
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 200 ft AGL
Visibility: 0.5 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.94 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: VFR
Departure Point: Richmond, IN
Destination: Festus, MO (FES)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries:
Aircraft Fire: On-ground
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Fatal 
Latitude, Longitude: 39.748056,-84.851833 
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Judson J. Costlow
January 31, 1943 - April 25, 2021

Judson J. Costlow, age 78, of Richmond, Indiana, left this world into eternity on Sunday, April 25, 2021, while doing what he loved.

Jud was born January 31, 1943, in Frankfort, Indiana, to Neal and Eleanor Moore Costlow. He attended Kirklin Schools, graduating from Clinton Central High School in 1961. Jud then went to Indiana University and graduated with a Master of Education in 1967. In 1978, Jud moved to Kirklin, Indiana, and was president of Moore-Costlow, Inc. Feed and Grain Elevator, where he worked for 10 years. In 1980, Jud accepted a position as vice president and trust officer with Farmer’s Bank in Frankfort for 20 years. In 2000, he accepted a position with US Bank in Richmond as vice president and trust officer, retiring in 2007. Jud was a social and active man, who was deeply involved for the majority of his life. He served as president of the Centerville Lion’s Club, the Clinton County Chamber of Commerce, and the Frankfort Rotary Club. Jud was a Golden K Kiwanis club member and symposiarch. He enjoyed flying his airplane, fishing, hiking, and camping.

Survivors include his wife of 20 years, Lisa Gary Costlow; children, David (Nancy) Costlow of Arizona and Ellen Costlow of West Virginia; stepchildren, Leah (Justin) Suhre of Evansville, Indiana, and Gary (Katie) Nelson of Fishers, Indiana; grandchildren, Owen and Kaylee Costlow and Tommy and Summer Ballock; step-grandchildren, Clayton, Jensyn, and Dawson Suhre and Mason, Ava, and Holden Nelson; brothers, Ron (Sharon) Costlow and Alan Costlow, both of Fishers and Dan (Diane) Costlow of Michigan; nieces; nephews; cousins; and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Sara Smith Costlow, who died in March 2000; father, who died in October 1979; and mother, Eleanor Costlow Reed, who died in April 2012.

Memorial visitation for Judson J. Costlow will be from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Saturday, May 1, 2021, at Doan & Mills Funeral Home, 790 National Road West, Richmond. Memorial service will follow at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, May 1, 2021, at Doan & Mills Funeral Home with Rev. James Spon officiating. Please plan to wear your own mask in the funeral home. A private burial will be in Green Lawn Cemetery in Frankfort, at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: Sara J. Costlow Memorial Teachers’ Fund, c/o Community Foundation of Clinton County, 215 West Sycamore, Kokomo, IN 46901 or online; church of your choice; or The Gideons International for the Memorial Bible Fund, P.O. Box 1092, Richmond, IN 47375.

Condolences may be sent to the family via the guest book at

RICHMOND, Indiana — A 78-year-old pilot died in a plane crash in Richmond, Indiana on Sunday morning.

Indiana State Police are helping the Federal Aviation Administration investigate the crash, which happened south of the Richmond Municipal Airport located on IN-227 in Wayne County. 

911 dispatch began receiving calls at around 7:50 a.m. about a small plane crash near the airport. Troopers and first responders went to the area and found a yellow Aerotrek A240 plane that had crashed in a field south of the airport. 

ISP said firefighters were able to extinguish the fire. The pilot, 78-year-old Judson Costlow, of Richmond, was pronounced dead at the scene. 

Costlow was flying alone to Arizona to visit family when the plane crashed. No other injuries were reported. 

According to ISP, the crash scene and the investigation has been turned over to the FAA. However, ISP will still help in the investigation. 

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